Tuleeni Children's Home
There are plenty of advantages being a volunteer rather than a tourist. There is no better way to get to know the culture and the people of a country than to become part of its society and offer a helping hand. You can do medical care mission, joining a women empowerment project, or teaching and staying with children. If you’re excited about volunteering in Tanzania but don’t know where to volunteer yet, the following overview will uncover everything about the different volunteer opportunities in Tanzania. By volunteering, you will impact the lives of others less privileged in their local communities and visit the sights of Moshi and Arusha City, including visiting some of the most famous National parks in the world and the highest mountain peaks in Africa. This also will allow you to get know the tribes and cultures, by chatting with our local friendly population, who will teach you a little Swahili.
During the Tanzanian public holidays (in December, from June-July, and during Easter) Akili Kindergarten is closed, but volunteers/interns can continue with tasks and activities at the center. The youth of the centre are dying fabrics using the Boutique technique. The fabrics are then used by a women’s group to make cloth, which is an income-generating activity for the women. In total, Tuleeni runs three women’s groups (with 22, 15, and 10 members respectively), also breeding pigs.
Volunteers/interns who have experience in handicrafts (sewing, woodwork, carpentry, etc.) or sports (dance, etc.), can provide workshops at Tuleeni Center. Former volunteers have for instance organized a carpentry workshop (building tables and chairs, including material purchase, cost calculations, etc.).
Volunteers can also provide language classes to children and youth at the Tuleeni Center, particularly if they stay for longer durations. As a volunteer or intern, you can not only be at Tuleeni Centre and Akili Kindergarten, but you can also join the activities of the women’s groups and in nearby public schools. These diverse activities will give you good insights into African life and social work.
Tuleeni is running another center, located in Uru, outside of Moshi town, called “Tuleeni Academy”. It is a Day Care Center/Nursery School for 43 children, which has 4-6 permanent teachers. Commuting time between both centres using public transport is around one hour (incl. the walk to and from the Daladala stops). It is also possible to do a volunteer/internship placement exclusively in Uru or to combine the two locations Uru and Moshi-Rau.